1919 Ottawa municipal election

The city of Ottawa, Canada held municipal elections on January 6, 1919 to elect members of the 1919 Ottawa City Council.

The election saw a woman elected in the city for the first time, with Marion McDougall (wife of the late John Lorn McDougall)[1] being elected as a public school trustee in Dalhousie Ward.

Mayor of Ottawa

Fisher won seven of the city's nine wards, while Parent won the city's two francophone wards, By and Ottawa.

Candidate Votes %
Harold Fisher7,62462.16
Rufus H. Parent4,64237.84


Ottawa Electric Railway to be taken over and run by a commission before 1923.
Option Votes %
Ottawa Electric Railway to be taken over and run by a commission in 1923.
Option Votes %
Ottawa Electric Railway to be taken over and run by a commission.
Option Votes %
By-law to provide for an expenditure of $150,000 on a bridge of the Rideau Canal at Somerset Street
Option Votes %

The plebiscite lost in all but three wards, but won St. George Ward (which the bridge would connect with Downtown) by a large enough margin to pass city-wide by just nine votes. [2] Despite the result, a bridge would not be built at that location until the Corktown Footbridge was built in 2006.

By-law to secure authority to expend $150,000 on the establishment and maintenance of a civic coal yard
Option Votes %

Ottawa Board of Control

(4 elected)

Candidate Votes %
Frank H. Plant6,66618.54
Joseph Kent6,50118.08
Napoleon Champagne6,20617.26
J. W. Nelson5,29814.74
James Muir5,22914.55
Thomas Brethour4,98513.87
Peter Glavey1,0622.95

Ottawa City Council

(2 elected from each ward)

Rideau Ward
Candidate Votes %
Douglas H. Macdonald35233.78
Breary Slinn28527.35
William Cherry20619.77
By Ward
Candidate Votes %
Edward Gaulin65237.86
Fred Desjardins61335.60
St. George Ward
Candidate Votes %
Walter Cunningham
Wilfrid J. Grace
Wellington Ward
Candidate Votes %
James D. Denny
Charles R. Stephen
Capital Ward
Candidate Votes %
Arthur R. Ford1,41735.35
William Y. Denison1,09427.30
Dalhousie Ward
Candidate Votes %
John P. Balharrie1,18131.82
James A. Forward94425.44
Victoria Ward
Candidate Votes %
Ernest Laroche Acclaimed
David Rice Acclaimed
Ottawa Ward
Candidate Votes %
Joseph Albert Pinard85036.39
Waldo Guertin63327.10
Central Ward
Candidate Votes %
John F. McKinley Acclaimed
Charles Pepper Acclaimed


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  1. "Life of service closes in the sudden passing today of Mrs. J. L. McDougall, Sr". Ottawa Citizen. August 18, 1927. p. 1. Retrieved May 9, 2020.
  2. "Citizens favor (sic) taking over of street railway". Ottawa Citizen. January 7, 1919. p. 5. Retrieved May 9, 2020.
  3. "Fisher, Plant, Kent, Champagne, and Nelson are Elected". Ottawa Journal. January 7, 1919. p. 8. Retrieved May 9, 2020.
  4. "Denison, McKinley, Guertin, Slinn, New Aldermen Elected". Ottawa Journal. January 7, 1919. p. 9. Retrieved May 9, 2020.